Gift Guide: Christian Edition

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Me and my babe at Churchill Downs for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving week! Anyone else excited to decorate for Christmas now that it’s “socially” acceptable?! Christmas trees, movies and lights, oh my! Along with all the fun decorations comes gifting. There are tons of blogs out there with gift guides, and I love going through them for some general ideas on what to get (I can’t wait for my dad to open his gift this year! I know Christmas isn’t about winning but I totally would if it was ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ). The one gift guide I haven’t stumbled across yet though, is a guide for your Christian/Religious friend. These are some things that I want or like and then some things that my boyfriend has mentioned wanting! Continue reading

Workout Essentials to Help You Stay Active this Holiday Season

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Hope everyone is having a good week so far! So with the holidays ahead of us, (and all the amazing food that goes with it!) I thought now would be a good time to write a fitness post. The whole, “those who don’t prepare, prepare to fail” thing (raise your hand if you heard your coach say this ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ). So I’m here to help you prepare/share some of the fitness things I’ve been loving lately! Continue reading

Saving the Best of Germany for Last: Berlin!

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Hey guys! So last post on Germany! Our last few days we spent in Berlin, and it is now one of my favorite European cities. The layout of the city is just done very well, all the beautiful buildings either have a lawn (like the picture above) or cafes around them, leaving plenty of room for the buildings to be center stage. The people here were also very kind and welcoming. The public transportation was easy and a lot of the places were within walking distance. All things that make for a great city!

Our first day we took a bike tour! We used Fat Tire Bike tours and I would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting the city. It’s a great way to see all the main sites, get a feel for the layout of the city, and figure out where you want to return. Our guide was Claudia, and she was AWESOME. She was really entertaining to listen to and knew tons about the city. The city is also very flat and bike friendly, so even as a tourist I was never uneasy while riding my bike.

How the tour works is you begin by arriving at the shop, where they give you a brief overview and you find your bike; all the bikes have name tags. The names are quite entertaining, ranging from Jason Bourne to Darth Vader. I was Chewbacca โ˜บ๏ธ. From there, you begin riding to the sites. At each site you hop off your bikes and get a brief summary of it’s significance, have a few minutes to ask questions and take pictures. Then you hope back on, and off to the next one! We did the Day City Tour. ย About halfway into the tour we rode through the Tiergarten and stopped for lunch at this really cool little beer garden. ย The Day City Tour included stops at:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin Wall
  • Nazi Architecture
  • Site of Hitler’s bunker
  • Victory Column
  • Tiergarten
  • Reichstag (parliament building)
  • Bebelplatz
  • Museum Island
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Deathstrip Watchtower

…aka tons of places in just about four and a half hours. It was also 65ยบ and sunny, the leaves were changing, and there was a hint of fall in the air; the day really couldn’t have been more perfect. Below are some of the pictures I took while on the tour including the University Einstein attended! How cool is that?!

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Now, for all my chocolate loving homies out there, two words:Rausch Schokoladenhaus. We happened to find this little shop our first night…and maybe swung by there a few times after that ๐Ÿ™ˆ. They have these huge chocolate sculptures all over the store that are incredibly impressive. They also have a chocolate volcano with melted chocolate bubbling out of it…umm yum! I don’t know what it is about European chocolate, but it is seriously so much better than ours.

I would definitely recommend this shop for easy souvenirs and gifts. They have a lot of little prepackaged gift sets with lots of varieties of chocolate.

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How cute is this little angel?!
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The Brandenburg Gate

The next day my mom and I spent some more time at the Brandenburg Gate, sat at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews and walked through the Tiergarten. It was hard not to spend all day just in the garden. ย The trees changing colors were so beautiful. It was really cool when we walked out of the garden and the Brandenburg Gate was there in all it’s glory peeking through the leaves.

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We got lunch at a cafe by the Gate and made sure to get a table outside. This was our last official meal in Germany before we had to head back to Frankfort for our flight in the morning. Because it was our last meal we had to get Schnitzel and beer! And let me tell you, it was delicious. I got a pale ale with apple concentrate in it, and while I’m not a big beer person, I had no problem finishing my glass!

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And that was it! I’m so thankful I got the chance to travel to Germany. There’s so much history and good chocolate (two things I’m a total sucker for!). And then, there was the Rhine, which was charming and reminded me of my beloved fairytales. If Germany isn’t already on your Bucket List, then I definitely recommend you add it!

xoxo, the blonde

P.S. If this post alone didn’t convince you to visit definitely check out my other posts on Heidelberg and staying the night in a castle!

“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13

Pumpkin Gingersnap Granola

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Mmmm gingersnaps! They are my absolute favorite cookie โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿช. My aunt makes me some every year for my birthday (which is in July!), even though they’re typically made around the holidays! The kick of ginger and the sweetness of the molasses make them perfect for when the weather gets cooler. I used those cookies and my love of pumpkin and came up with this recipe! ๐Ÿ‚

Now, just like any avid snacker, I love granola, but sometimes it can be quite expensive and loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. So to kill two birds with one stone I decided to make my own. Its way easier than you think! This recipe in particular is ahh-mazing and makes your house smell like fall…no candles needed! (Look at that! Another two for one!) Continue reading